• Veronica Pulumbarit

Watch this weekend: Spanish films not on Netflix

Updated: Jul 26, 2020

The Instituto Cervantes de Manila and the Embassy of Spain will be screening for free selected Spanish film masterpieces through the Instituto Cervantes Vimeo channel.


The film screening is part of Instituto Cervantes' online program "Clásicos contigo" (Classics with You) that began in May.


Instituto Cervantes is the world's largest non-government organization teaching Spanish language and culture.


In a news release, Instituto Cervantes says the program is "a commitment to quality Spanish cinema designed for cinephiles around the world."


Five Spanish films will be featured during the five weekends of July; one movie will be available for 48 hours every weekend.


The five films are:

  • The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) directed by Victor Erice;

  • The South (1983), directed by Víctor Erice;

  • The Holy Innocents (1984), directed by Mario Camus;

  • La vaquilla (1985), directed by Luis García Berlanga; and

  • The good star (1997) by Ricardo Franco.

Instituto Cervantes says the films to be shown on Vimeo are "considered reference works of Spanish cinema."


The movies are part of the AECID Film Library catalog and will have English subtitles.


Instituto Cervantes says the film to be streamed from July 4 to 5 -- The Spirit of the Beehive (El Espiritu de la Comena) -- received the Golden Shell for Best Film at the San Sebastian Film Festival and is considered "the consummate masterpiece of Spanish cinema."

To access the link to the movie and password, viewers must log on to the website of Instituto Cervantes de Manila: https://cultura.cervantes.es/manila/en/the-spirit-of-the-beehive/134429.


Cineclub Película


Meanwhile, Instituto Cervantes and the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines are also launching Cineclub Pelikula, an online cinema club.


The cinema club will feature video-talks or webinars conducted by writer and cultural activist Jessica Zafra every Sunday via Zoom.


The first webinar, scheduled on July 5 at 5:00 p.m. will be devoted to the film The Spirit of the Beehive (El espíritu de la colmena).


For more information, visit: http://manila.cervantes.es or Instituto Cervantes’ Facebook page.

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